Hungerford Town Council’s Grant Awards 2020

As in previous years, Hungerford Town Council has for 2020 made a number of awards to local charities and community groups. Please see below a list of the organisations which have benefitted from this round of funding and a brief summary of what the grant will be used for.

The 2020 awards

2020 has certainly been a strange time for us all. Obviously many of the events I would normally host as Town Mayor have sadly been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19. The Grant Awards Ceremony is normally one of my favourite civic events within my calendar, mostly because I see first-hand throughout the civic year the difference this funding makes to the many organisations, groups, clubs and charities which support the health and well-being of our community.

This year, HTC councillors feel we have all witnessed so many acts of kindness and, taking some time out to reflect, we certainly consider ourselves extremely lucky to live in a town so nurtured and supported.

We have looked at the significant financial impact which comes with managing through a pandemic. Trying to look at the needs of our community further ahead, we know the services provided by the town’s many organisations, groups, clubs and charities will be called upon even more when we emerge from this difficult period.

HTC wish to say a HUGE thank you to all the groups receiving a grant this year, as well as the local sporting clubs, youth clubs, music and art groups who actively help our physical and mental well-being. HTC has this year chosen to support a range of organisations concerned with end of life care, mental health and well-being, advice and support to individuals and families, with the knowledge that the help these organisations provide, will be needed more than ever as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.

Councillor Helen Simpson
Hungerford Town Mayor

For more information on Hungerford Town Council’s grants , please contact the Town Clerk Claire Barnes on claire.barnes@hungerford-tc.gov.uk.

For more information

If you want to find out more information about these organisations, links have been provided in each case. All would welcome some combination of new members, volunteers, further funding and attendance at any events.

Penny Post is happy to promote information about these or any other not-for-profit, community and charitable organisations at no cost. Please contact brian@pennypost.org.uk.

The recipients

1st Hungerford Brownies £75

A contribution towards the cost of replacing the current flag for this group which has 20 members aged between 7 and 10.
• For more information, click here.

Armadillo Art Experience CIC £100

To ensure that the art workshops can be offered to people – including children, their parents and carers, the elderly and socially isolated people – who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them. During Covid-19 these have been available online.
• For more information, click here.

Berkshire Vision £100

BV currently supports over 50 young people, all of whom are blind or have a visual impairment. The grant will go towards the cost of purchasing a nine-seater minibus with wheelchair access specifically for the younger members to travel in.
• For more information, click here.

Brighter Futures Better Births Appeal £500

This is the registered charity of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The grant will go towards enabling expectant mums to benefit from new equipment: this will allow more women to enjoy an active birth so that they are less likely to need medical intervention.
• For more information, click here.

CHAIN £1,000

To help cover the cost of running both vehicles (bus and wheelchair vehicle) and the running costs of the office which is open every weekday between 9am and 11am and staffed by volunteers.
For more information, click here.

Citizens Advice West Berkshire £1,100

To operate an outreach service for residents of Hungerford in the Hungerford Library. Two sessions will be offered on the first and third Wednesday of every month to clients wanting to access Citizens Advice in Hungerford. The clients that value this service are those who find it difficult to access services in Newbury.
For more information, click here.

Headway Thames Valley £500

The grant will help this brain-injury charity to put in place alternative support mechanisms for the clients and home working arrangements for the staff during the Coronavirus lockdown.
• For more information, click here.

Home-Start West Berkshire £500

To help fund projects to reduce the impact that isolation can have on families with young children in West Berkshire.  Home-Start is adapting its services during lockdown to ensure it is providing the support the families need.
• For more information, click here.

Hungerford Allotment Holders Association £1,000

To help towards the project at Marsh Lane allotments to refurbish or renew water storage and provision to ensure allotment holders are able to access important supplies.
• For more information, click here.

Hungerford Club £500

The Hungerford Club is a CASC registered sports club with bowls, tennis and indoor sports facilities.The grant will help towards the cost of refurbishment of the ladies and gents toilets and the kitchen area and the re-decoration of the main changing rooms.
• For more information, click here.

Hungerford & Camburn Educational Foundation £1,000

This charity is the only local charity giving financial help to students following further education and the grant will help local students towards the cost of this.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Cricket Club £500

To help towards phase two of the major refurbishment of the clubhouse, in particular to secure and repair the outside of the clubhouse along with a few smaller repairs and replacements in the toilets.
For more information, click here.

Hungerford Hares £350

To help to provide some much-needed equipment which will hopefully increase the club’s presence in the town and make more people aware of the club.  The club would also like to offer some club members the opportunity to attend a run leaders course.
• For more information, click here.

The Hungerford Hub £5,000

To help towards the Hub Manager’s salary and upgrade of the website which will help raise the profile of the Hub and increase income.  Due to a loss of income during the Coronavirus lockdown, the grant will also go towards payment of utility bills.
• For more information, click here.

Hungerford Town Band £1,400

To help towards elp towards covering costs as the band are currently unable to raise any funds, being unable to perform/rehearse during the current lockdown.
For more information, click here.

John O’Gaunt School PSA £250

To help towards the PSA’s project to update the lighting system in the school hall so it can continue to provide the hall to other users.
For more information, click here.

Marie Curie South Region £500

To help towards towards the £50,000 a week Marie Curie needs to raise to continue to run its essential frontline services at a time when it cannot rely on donations from the public as its ability to fundraise is compromised due to the lockdown.
• For more information, click here.

Parkinsons UK, Newbury £100

To help towards the cost of providing chair-based exercises to people in Hungerford suffering from Parkinson’s.
• For more information, click here.

Recovery in Mind £300

To help to fund core staff costs, insurance and training room and office hire.
• For more information, click here.

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice £500

To help to keep the Duchess of Kent hospice, based in Reading, and its community services operational in order to support and protect people with life limiting conditions during the Covid-19 crisis.
• for more information, click here.

Trustees of the Croft Hall £2,500

To help towards completion of phase one of a project to improve the safety and usability of the hall for hirers and their customers including an updated CCTV system, external lighting and replacement heating system.
• For more information, click here.

West Berks Foodbank £250

To help support the recently appointed Project Manager with the large increase in demand for food distribution needs during the Covid-19 crisis. Future plans include consideration of a procedure to serve the needs of those in the northern part of West Berkshire.
• For more information, click here.

Young People & Children First £200

To help towards the cost of the the cost of expanding the services for their young people as part of YP&CF’s aims of supporting people between 16 and 25 who are leaving the care system and moving towards independent living.
For more information, click here.

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